PRIPPS and KID compliant ETFs for European investors

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U.S. based ETFs are still unavailable for E.U. based investors due to the PRIPPS/ KID regulation discussed in the previous note. In this article we will list some alternative European based ETFs that could be used to follow a few of the Logical Investment strategies.

So far the alternative ways to trade LI strategies as a EU citizen are:

A. Try to qualify for professional status with your broker under MiFID II rules. Guidelines may differ amongst brokers.

The Client declares to fulfil 2 out of the 3 conditions set forth below.
– Carrying out transactions, in significant size, at an average frequency of
10 transactions per quarter over the previous four quarters;
-T he size of the portfolio exceeds EUR 500,000, whereas portfolio is defined as
including cash deposits and financial instruments;
– To work or have worked in the financial sector for at least one year in a professional
position, which requires knowledge of the transactions to be entered into.

B. Use CFDs to trade the equivalent ETFs.

Downside is cost of borrowing which may eat into long term profits. Upside is you can leverage your position.

C. Use E.U. based equivalent ETFs.

Here is a list of some useful ETFs trading at the London exchange.

Original US ETF E.U. based Equivalent Exchange Currency Full Name
SPY CSSPX LSEETF USD ISHARES CORE S&P 500
TLT IDTL LSEETF USD ISHARES USD TRES 20PLUS YR
PCY IEMB LSEETF USD ISHARES JPM USD EM BND USD D
JNK IHYU LSEETF USD ISHARES USD HY CORP USD DIST
TIP IDTP LSEETF USD ISHARES USD TIPS
AGG IUAG LSEETF USD ISHARES US AGG BND USD DIST
GLD IGLN LSE USD ISHARES PHYSICAL GOLD ETC

D. Use options or Futures

This is possible for our UIS and GLD-USD strategies. Using Futures may not be viable for smaller accounts.

Using options one may sell SPY and TLT puts (or buy calls) in similar proportions to UIS allocations which would result to a similar position as being long SPY and TLT. We do not recommend this solution since any medium to large movement in SPY or TLT will change the deltas and shift the weights out of proportion. The position will need to be followed closely and rebalanced accordingly.

There may be other ways to get around this problem like setting up a offshore company/Fund. Feel free to contribute your own experience/info.

For people interested to use Xetra Frankfurt listed ETFs : http://www.xetra.com/blob/1193366/4871305f6013a06db7de3bb5b952d79e/data/etfs-etcs-etns-all-tradable-instruments.xls

Another screener for UK based ETFs: https://www.justetf.com/uk/find-etf.html?groupField=none&sortField=fundSize&sortOrder=desc

Many thanks to Johannes, Fabio, StefanM for sharing info with us.

2018-07-07T10:35:33+00:00By |2 Comments

About the Author:

Vangelis has been involved in quantitative research and development since 2007. He blogs under the 'Sanz Prophet' alias. He has built, run and tested literally thousands of trading systems using Matlab, Python, C#, QuantShare and Amibroker and has contributed as a researcher/programmer in academic papers. His quantitative blog has been part of the “Whole Street” quant blog aggregator since inception. He holds a B.A. in Economics & Theater Arts from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Motion Picture Producing from the Peter Stark Program at the University of Southern California. Before entering the financial world Vangelis worked as a film and commercial director and collaborated with agencies such as Bold Oglivy, Adel Saatchi and Saatchi and clients including Pepsico, P. & G., Hyundai and others.

2 Comments

  1. Fabio 07/26/2018 at 2:37 pm

    Hi,
    speaking about option C to be used for the bond rotation strategy, i see that CWB equivalent is missing. Is that an error or actually there isn’t an equivalent?

  2. brwg 07/29/2018 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks Vangelis.

    In the original Hedge strategy, I use TLT, GLD and #US sector short inverse ETF. In the new Hedge, I use IGLN.L and IDTL.L to replace the GLD and TLT with the #US sector short inverse ETF remain in place.

    When I run the backtesting for the past two months, the results are very different. the first one generate a CAGR return of -21.63% and while the latter 56.79%. The original Hedge used TLT in allocation while the new uses the #US sector short inverse ETF.

    This means that the two hedging strategies can potentially generate very different results. I cannot rely on the backtest of the old hedging strategy as a prediction of the new. However, as the IDTL and IGLN are quite new, I cannot really generate reliable backtesting results.

    What are your views on the above?

    thanks

    BW

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